Innocent Bystander Fatally Shot in Bronx Bodega During Robbery Gone Wrong

New York City, USA – A tragic incident unfolded in a Bronx bodega as an innocent bystander lost his life during an attempted robbery on Easter Sunday. Stefon Barnes, 29, was fatally shot in the right thigh inside the Gourmet Deli on East Tremont Avenue after a gunman opened fire while trying to rob another customer.

The chaos erupted at 4:20 a.m. as the suspect brandished his weapon in an attempt to mug a shopper, resulting in a struggle that led to Barnes being struck by a bullet. Despite being rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital, Barnes succumbed to his injuries.

Video footage obtained by WABC revealed that Barnes was simply browsing a rack of chips before the violent altercation occurred. Moments prior, people were seen dancing and singing in the deli, including a woman with bunny ears.

An eyewitness, Antonio Sanchez, shared his account of the events, stating that Barnes was an innocent bystander caught in the crossfire. Sanchez described Barnes as calm and friendly moments before the tragic shooting.

A makeshift memorial was erected outside the deli with bouquets of flowers, candles, and heartfelt messages from mourners. The community expressed their sorrow and paid tribute to Barnes, remembering him as a beloved soul taken too soon.

The NYPD released a photo of the suspected shooter described as wearing a black jacket, hoodie, sweatpants, and sneakers. Authorities are seeking information to apprehend the suspect, who is believed to be around 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall with a medium complexion.

The incident has sent shockwaves through the Bronx community, prompting reflection on the senseless violence that claimed Barnes’ life. As the investigation continues, residents are grappling with the tragic loss of an innocent individual who was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.